Walter Bischoff

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Walter Bischoff (born June 30, 1928 in Bad Grund ; † April 15, 2016 in Clausthal-Zellerfeld ) was a German mining engineer and specialist book author .


Walter Bischoff was born the son of a miner in Bad Grund. For most of his childhood he lived with his parents in an official apartment in Silbernaal , which was remote, but in the immediate vicinity of the Medingschacht and the Clausthal lead works . He attended the Robert Koch School in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, where he was able to use the Innerstetalbahn for the four-kilometer journey to school . In 1945, at the age of sixteen, he was drafted as a naval flak helper and was taken prisoner by the British at Wilhelmshaven at the end of the war.

He gave up his original plan of starting a teacher training course due to long waiting times and began studying mining at what was then the mining academy in Clausthal . He completed his eager time under the supervision of the Clausthal Mining Authority in the various mines still in existence in northern Germany at the time. These included the ore mine reason , the Rammelsberg in Goslar , the Salzdetfurth potash , the Ibbenbüren mine and iron ore mine in True . After completing his studies in 1955, he went to coal mining in the Ruhr area and started working at the General Blumenthal colliery , where he worked for three years, initially as a steiger and later as an employee of a staff unit.

In 1958 he was able to realize his wish to work as a teacher. He found a job in what was then the Recklinghausen mountain school as a teacher, where he taught mathematics and technical mechanics. After various amalgamation of mountain schools , after a few years he found himself at the Engineering School for Mining in Bochum , which then became the Technical College of Mining in Bochum in 1971 . Here he worked as a professor until his retirement in 1993.

After retiring, he moved back to his old home, the Upper Harz . He bought a house in Clausthal-Zellerfeld and volunteered in numerous mining institutions, especially on the board of the Upper Harz Mining Museum .

Together with his colleague Heinz Bramann, Bischoff wrote the Small Mining Lexicon in 1988 , which is now in its 10th edition. After retirement, he mainly wrote smaller articles that dealt primarily with recent local history and mining.

From 1954, Walter Bischoff lived with his wife Hannelore, who also came from a miner's family, for 62 years. The couple had two children. Bischoff died in 2016 and was buried in Clausthal cemetery.


  • Das kleine Bergbaulexikon , 10th edition, Verlag Glückauf , Essen, 2012, ISBN 978-3-86797-036-5
  • with Christian Falland: A bear was at the door: little stories from the valleys of Zellbach and Innerste series of publications by the Oberharzer Geschichts- und Museumsverein eV, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, 2001, ISBN 978-3-9806619-5-9

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Wilfried Ließmann : In Memoriam Professor Dipl.-Ing. Walter Bischoff , in: General Harz Mountain Calendar for 2017, Papierflieger Verlag GmbH, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, 2016 ISBN 978-3-86948-540-9